Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) has made the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. This is due to concerns about the risk of sudden collapse in schools and other buildings where the material is used.
The illegal cultivation of cannabis is a growing problem. Until recently, cannabis cultivation was generally large scale, often taking place in industrial units, remote warehouses and disused farm buildings, but since the Covid pandemic, police are increasingly finding smaller scale cannabis farms in residential private rented properties.
Arson remains a large cause of large fire losses in commercial premises.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, an independent review of fire safety in buildings was completed, which culminated in a report that identified the need for significant reform.
House fires sparked by candles have hit their highest level in more than a decade as people cut back on electricity to reduce soaring energy bills.
Such unpredictable and extreme weather prompts the recurring question, whether this will be a year where insurers see an overall increase in the number of subsidence claims reported to them.
Escape of Water (EOW) is a term used to define a water leak in a property. It usually occurs in instances where there is a catastrophic burst or slow leak from the plumbing or heating system involving pipes and joints, but also appliances or even faulty bathroom sealant.
Water leaks that go unchecked can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and properties can take months to dry out before repairs can be completed. You may, therefore, need to relocate to alternative premises in order to continue to operate.
There are several factors that now make indexation more important than ever. One factor is the significant rise in demand for building materials, and disruption to the global supply chain caused by the pandemic and national lockdowns. Certain elements of Brexit and local shortages of suitable labour are also affecting rebuilding and claims costs.
Recent data from RebuildCostASSESSMENT.com has highlighted how on average, buildings are covered for just 68% of the amount they should be in Britain. However, with rebuild costs rising rapidly, the current situation is likely to be even worse.